“Full Moon” Fever

Following the recent use of Eden Ahbez’s “Full Moon” in the FX series Fargo, there has been a wave of interest in the song and the album it originally came from: Eden’s Island. Of special interest for us here are the new covers of “Full Moon” on YouTube. The first I noticed was a straight poetry…

NEWS: ‘Eden’s Island’ LP Reissued on Vinyl

If you’ve bid recently at eBay on an original 1960 Del-Fi pressing of Eden’s Island, then you probably noticed its final price-tag hovering right around two-hundred bucks. And if that’s too rich for your blood, then here’s some good news: Captain High Records just reissued it to 180 gram vinyl. One of the nice things about this…

A New Generation Influenced by Ahbez’s Music

Has anyone else noticed a recent up-tick in interest for Eden Ahbez’s work? Fittingly, “Nature Boy” continues to generate any number of covers, from the David Bowie/Massive Attack version for the Moulin Rouge film soundtrack of 2001, to the new Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett cover of last fall, to acapella renditions performed by collegiate choirs at Yale…

UPDATE: Rare 1965 Eden Ahbez Single Just Discovered

Eden Ahbez wrote nearly a thousand songs during his long lifetime. Less than a hundred, however, made their way to vinyl. During my twenty years researching Ahbez’s life and work, I’ve known about a song titled “Green Flamingo” for more than half that time. I’d previously thought, however, that it was never released. I’m happy to…

INTERVIEW: Remembering Cowboy Jack and Nature Boy (A Talk with Larry Boutillette)

Larry “Chief” Boutillette owns Sunset Ranch in upstate New York. It was formerly owned by Cowboy Jack Patton—performer, Western radio personality and long-time friend of Eden Ahbez. Patton took credit for many of the good things that happened to Ahbez with “Nature Boy,” though it’s been hard to verify all of his claims as yet.…